Rhododendron prunifolium is a wonderful native azalea, blooming in late July or August in for me in Washington D.C., but sometimes it will still be flowering in September or even later. Originially discovered in Georgia in 1913, it is still relatively rare but is finally being offered by some specialty nurseries now. For more information on this azalea and photographs of plants in the wild, check out my web page on Rhododendron prunifolium or the full site on East Coast Native Azaleas. I have a goal now to paint all fifteen azaleas native to the eastern United States during the next few years. I have several pictures underway including R. atlanticum, R. austrinum, and R. vaseyi. I expect to complete those as well as R. arborescens, R. calendulaceum, and R. cumberlandense by the end 2002. I have trusses of R. canescens and R. periclymenoides in the refrigerator hoping to make botanical studies before I leave for a trip to Scotland, but getting all of those done this year may be a bit ambitious. I will try to post portraits of my native azalea paintings as I complete the watercolors.
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